Welcome to Emergency Medicine

Faculty of the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine have additional subspecialty training and board certification in Pediatric Emergency Medicine. Their areas of expertise include the initial stabilization and management of critically and acutely ill pediatric patients with medical, traumatic and surgical illness. This includes, but is not limited to: respiratory distress, fever, fractures, laceration repair, abdominal pain, vomiting, dehydration, and seizures.


UCSF medical students and residents in pediatrics and emergency medicine have dedicated pediatric training experiences while working in the Emergency Department. Their curriculum and training is focused on learning a systematic and complete approach to evaluating children who have unexplored complaints. The pediatric emergency medicine experience focuses on strengthening communication with families, strengthening physical examination skills, learning the judicious use of diagnostic tests, and working efficiently in a fast-paced environment. This experience also focuses on skills vital to the treatment of serious medical problems and on the rapid stabilization of patients with life-threatening illness.

Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) offers a joint Fellowship Program at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. This is an ACGME accredited training program that offers graduates from both Pediatric and Emergency Medicine residencies, a comprehensive experience designed to equip them with the skills and knowledge they require to become outstanding academic leaders in the field of PEM.


Faculty in the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine are actively involved in a variety of research studies that ultimately aim to elevate the quality of care for children in the Bay Area and around the world. Areas of ongoing research expertise within our division include clinical research, education research, global health, mental health services and quality improvement science.

Clinical Services

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital provides expert emergency care at a new state-of-the-art freestanding facility located at Mission Bay. Designed just for kids, the Children's Emergency department is staffed 24 hours a day by faculty board-certified in pediatric emergency medicine. They provide care to children with any condition that requires immediate attention, ranging from cuts and broken bones to life-threatening problems.